City sets fall deadline for vacant council seat applicants

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Iqaluit city council has set a fall deadline for its next call-out to recruit a new councillor, following Joanasie Akumalik’s resignation last month.

On Tuesday night, city councillors voted unanimously to set a deadline for the end of September to receive applications from the public. They chose that date keeping in mind the summer months are when many people might be travelling.

The City of Iqaluit released a public service announcement Wednesday setting that date to Sept. 29.

This means the city will likely advertise for applicants at some point in August.

“I would feel that a fall appointment is reasonable considering our lifestyles throughout the summer — the amount of travel, and the interest paid on the happenings in this chamber,” said Coun. Kyle Sheppard, who chaired the meeting as deputy mayor.

Akumalik resigned June 22 after he was charged with aggravated assault on June 13.

Once a new councillor is selected, council will have five members who were elected in the 2019 municipal election, and four who were appointed to fill vacancies over the course of this term. That includes councillors Kimberly Smith, Paul Quassa and Ookalik Curley, plus whoever is chosen in September.

David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunatsiaq News

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